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Evaluation of a microwire sensor functionalized for rapid detection of escherichia coli cells from liquid foods

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Title: Evaluation of a microwire sensor functionalized for rapid detection of escherichia coli cells from liquid foods
Authors: Lu, Lin
Keywords: Foodborne pathogen
Issue Date: Dec 2011
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [December 2011]
Abstract: Nowadays, outbreaks of foodborne illness linked to pathogenic bacteria such as Escherichia coli have attracted increasing public attention. Traditional culture-based methods for pathogens identification are time-consuming and labor-intensive, raising the need for fast and sensitive detection techniques. Rapid detection method for E. coli performed by a functionalized microwire sensor was developed and evaluated in this work. A gold-tungsten microwire with a diameter of 25 μm was immobilized with anti-E. coli-antibodies on the surface and used to capture E. coli bacterial cells from cells suspension with dielectrophoretic force generated by an alternating current (AC) electric field at 20 Vpp and 3 MHz. Both fluorescence microscopy and electrochemical techniques were employed to see the amount of cells captured on the wire. Field emission scanning electron microscopy was used to visualize the cells. The detection limit was found to be about 5 CFU/ml with only target bacterial cells captured on the wire. The developed sensor demonstrated relative high sensitivity and specificity with fast detection rate, which shows a strong potential for the application in food industry.
Description: M.S. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2011.
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Appears in Collections:M.S. - Bioengineering

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